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In today’s Gospel, we return to the days before Jesus’ Passion and Resurrection. Surrounded by his disciples, Jesus reveals his relationship with God the Father and what it means for the coming generations of followers.

“If you know me, then you will also know my Father,” said Jesus. “From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

Here, Jesus also foreshadows the momentous events to come. He shares that although he will soon be going to join the Father, there is already a place in his home for the disciples.

The disciples are confused. Thomas asks Jesus how they will know where to find him and his Father. Philip asks Jesus to show them the Father so they may understand.

But Jesus cannot show the disciples what they have already seen. He cannot make them understand what is right in front of them.

Instead, Jesus offers words of hope for the future that they are to pave in his name.

“Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these…”

Today’s Gospel resonates deeply with us at CMMB. It reminds us that those who follow Jesus can do great works and make tremendous impact over time, even across generations. In fact, the great works of the disciples are among the very reasons we join you each Sunday to reflect as a community of faithful followers.

Today, as we witness the health challenges faced by our brothers and sisters around the world, it can be easy to forget that every action we take today builds a better tomorrow. It takes time, but with you, we make progress every single day. Thank you for joining us on this journey

Portions of this weekly reflection were inspired by the Loyola Press Sunday Connection